By Mario Osava PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Feb 21 (IPS) – Pierre was in the next-door country of Dominican Republic when the January 2010 earthquake destroyed half of Port-au-Prince and killed at least 200,000 of his fellow Haitians, including his wife and his mother.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 3 (IPS) – The rise of emerging economies in Latin America is an opportunity to improve strategies for fighting neglected illnesses and increase the region's contribution to the global struggle against them, says the regional director of an organisation devoted to this purpose.
By Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Feb 2 (IPS) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Cuba served to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, leverage the South American giant's investments in the Caribbean island, and deepen political ties.
Analysis by Humberto Márquez CARACAS, Jan 13 (IPS) – Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sought to freshen up his international image on a tour of Latin America and demonstrate that his country does have friends in the world, while almost every day events place him at the epicentre of fraught geopolitical tensions.
Analysis by Mario Osava RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 4 (IPS) – In 2011, Brazil’s economy grew by less than half the 7.5 percent it attained in 2010. However, this result would be miraculous in any other country with the barriers to productivity and competitiveness that prevail in Brazil.
By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 23 (IPS) – The fall in world tobacco consumption, especially in industrialised nations, is a sign of the urgent need for producer countries like Brazil, China, India and the United States to offer their farmers alternatives to growing tobacco.
By Raúl Pierri MONTEVIDEO, Dec 21 (IPS) – The leaders of South America's Mercosur trade bloc decided to set up a committee to facilitate the incorporation of new members, adopt a mechanism to defend democracy in case of a coup, and ban vessels from the Malvinas/Falkland Islands from docking in member countries' ports.
By Marcela Valente* BUENOS AIRES, Dec 19 (IPS) – As Mercosur foreign ministers gather this Monday ahead of Tuesday's summit of heads of state, political harmony is growing between the governments of member countries, although free trade not only remains a pending challenge but is increasingly facing pitfalls.
By Marcela Valente BUENOS AIRES, Dec 6 (IPS) – South America has managed to withstand the knock-on effects of recession in the EU and U.S. thanks to the protection offered by the soaring Asian demand for commodities. But many things could change in the medium term.
By Milagros Salazar * LIMA, Nov 29 (IPS) – Three countries in South America's Andean region, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, have a great deal to teach and share with those meeting in Busan, South Korean this week to discuss, among other things, how to make sure that development aid incorporates a gender focus in order [...]